The Serbian Djurdjevic surprises and wins in Portugal
September 24th 2016 – QUINTA DO CONDE (PORTUGAL). – Ilija Djurdjevic, the Serbian player of the circuit, won the ninth tournament of the Long Drivers European Tour after winning the final of the Portugal Championship against Maurice Allen in two clear sets with two shots of 328 and 330 yards. Allen loses thus his second consecutive final, but he achieves the top of the ranking as the Swedish Emil Rosberg also fallen into Quarters against Djurdjevic. The tournament was held for the first time in Portugal at Golf & Country Club Quinta do Peru, just 30 minutes far from Lisbon.
Hits against the face wind
The Luso country received the punchers with an excellent weather: sunny. The hole number 1 Quinta do Peru had the best conditions and a day of long shots were predicted, but the face wind reduced the distances that we are used to watch. The tournament was played from midday and there were four qualifying groups with no surprises, as the more experienced players went through into good positions for the Match Plays.
The longest ball of the day, sponsored by Williams Racing Golf, was of 349 yards reached by Maurice Allen, a mark that allowed him to qualify first in his group. The best hitters in each group were: Mauro Benaglio (# 1, 335y), the Finn Teemu Pitkänen (# 2, 338y), Allen (# 3, 349y) and Swede Emil Rosberg (# 4, 327y).
Another surprising final
Portugal spectators witnessed how another rookie of the circuit, Ilija Djurdjevic, passed over Maurice Allen in a LDET final. Allen –who was leaving a knee injury– did not do his best and had the two sets OB in the final. At least, he took revenge against Brad Pearmain –who won him in Italy’s final– by beating him in the semi-finals. Instead, Djurdjevic played a very well throughout the tournament and left behind other big names of the Tour like Tanguy Marionex (BEL), the same Emil Rosberg (SWE) and the Swiss Mauro Benaglio.
The ninth event of the season: Portugal LDET
The country will host for the first time a LDET tournament next next 23rd & 24th September.
A short distance from Lisbon, near the Parque Natural da Arrábida, within reach of the pristine beaches of the Costa Azul, is one of the most exclusive and charming private condominiums in Portugal: Quinta do Peru.